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Sammy laments Windies' shortcomings

l CANBERRA

Captain Darren Sammy has lamented the failure of the West Indies to exploit potential match winning moments in their current One Day International series against Australia.

Sammy was reacting after Australia took a winning 3-0 lead in the five-match series on Wednesday, following their 39-run win at Manuka Oval.

Windies hopes of erasing the home side's mammoth 329 were kept alive by a third wicket stand of 114 by the Bravo brothers, Darren and Dwayne until seamer James Faulkner turned the tables with a four-wicket haul.

 "We played some good cricket but we keep coming up short. I think we let them get too many runs in the first innings," stated Sammy.

"329 was always a hard score to chase, but credit to the boys the way they went about trying to get the runs. We didn't have enough in the end."

Opener Chris Gayle, forced to bat down the order as a result of a thigh injury, was dismissed cheaply, and Andre Russell raced to 43 from 41 balls. But the Windies continued losing wickets, and the last eight tumbled for 95 runs.

 —CMC

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